Religious education

Here at Cross Street, we periodically run different religious education groups, open not only to members of the chapel but to friends and interested parties.

Current and upcoming

Introduction to Unitarianism

A course for new attenders and members, Introduction to Unitarianism looks at the defining features of our faith, including its beliefs and practices, its history, the history of Cross Street Chapel (more available here), and aspects of membership. Anyone who is interested in learning about Unitarianism is invited to attend. Classes are run as and when there is interest, and cover roughly three hours over two Sundays.

Sense and Spirituality

Due to run in the autumn of 2017, Sense and Spirituality is based on the text “A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects” by S. Brent Plate, and runs over weekly for six weeks, about 2 hours per session. The workshops take place at the Wonder Inn. Each week a sense is explored as it relates historically to various religions and currently in our individual faith and practice.

Building Your Own Theology

Beginning in September, BYOT isa course that examines our personal beliefs and experiences, our relationship with scripture and text, with the hope of understanding more deeply our place in the world, and seek answers to the fundamental questions that captivate humanity. This long-course will run weekly through the autumn.

Past courses

All About Love

Based on the book by Bell Hooks, All About Love explores the many ways love is known throughout life.

12 Steps to Spiritual Health

Ran from Sep 2014 – March 2015 and based on the book written by the Rev’d David Usher, this course engaged participants by evaluating and fostering their discipline in key areas, including mindfulness, appreciation of death, daily rituals and communal worship. Participants were invited to discuss their ambitions and challenges when facing these exercises, and the group allowed for mutual spiritual growth.

The Artist’s Way

Jan-July 2013, this course was based on the best-selling book by Julia Cameron. With the tag-line “A Course in Recovering and Discovering Your Creative Self”, the book offers a pathway, in 12 steps, for anyone and everyone to (re)connect with the creativity that the author believes is a natural, integral yet all-too-often thwarted part of life.

Through the use of thought- and feeling-provoking questions, the author urges individuals to examine their lives and the role creativity plays, looking at past, current and possible future ways of being and creating. Backed up by practical tools to be used every day, the course helps each person to explore what it is that moves them and what it is that they would like to do, to better allow their creativity to be expressed in their own lives.

One member of the group said “This course has quite literally changed my life: I really did not expect it to have such an impact before starting, but I’m so thankful it has. Being part of such a nuturing group helped me to look at, and more importantly accept, things that have happened to me and decisions I have taken in the past that stopped me expressing my creativity. I have made postive differences to my life, re-explored old passions and tried things I have never tried before, all of which would not have happened without this course, which, it almost goes without saying, I would recommend to everyone”. (Paul Evans – November 2013)

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life

Running from Winter 2011 – Winter 2012, this course was based on Karen Armstrong’s book of the same name, published following her highly-acclaimed TED talk. In this she argued passionately for the cultivation of compassion within both individuals and society as a whole, mainly through the adoption of the Golden Rule (a version of which is “treat others as you would have them treat you”).

Those taking part in the course explored, on a monthly basis, the issues surrounding and raised by each chapter, using material the author had created especially for groups. Bringing their own personal experiences, they created a mutually supportive environment within which they discussed the various topics covered, thinking about how they applied to their own lives.

One member of the group said “I found reading the book and taking part in the group helped me think about my own life and my place in the world in a much more helpful way: there was a good mix of factual information along with practical ideas for how I could better cultivate compassion within myself, both for my self and for others. I got far more out of taking part in a group than I think I would have had I just read the book on its own, and would highly recommend anyone with an interest in this area to take part in any future groups.” (Paul Evans – November 2013)


Other RE courses:

Learning By Heart

Building Your Own Theology